In case you’ve decided to spend your long weekend searching for a new staff member - and you want someone who’s not just talented and competent, but easy on the eyes as well – we’ve got just the recruitment website for you.
The controversial online dating website whose exclusively attractive membership decides whether other members are beautiful enough to remain, BeautifulPeople.com, expanded its services on Monday. The website now offers a free recruitment feature for employers seeking attractive staff, and attractive people wanting jobs.
Managing director Greg Hodge said in a statement that most of his members were in lucrative professions. “But for those who aren’t giving them access to potential employers is an added benefit to their membership, especially in these economic tough times,” Hodge added.
Individuals and companies looking to hire have a dedicated business profile and access to 750,000 beautiful people. They are able to pursue members who indicate they are looking for a job, while members have the opportunity to browse job listings and apply directly to companies.
“An honest employer will tell you that it pays to hire good-looking staff,” Hodge said. “Attractive people tend to make a better first impression on clients, win more business and earn more.”
Hodge insisted that he wanted the service to be taken seriously, not used as an excuse to ogle beautiful men and women. He said the site’s staff validated each business to ensure that the job opportunities posted were ‘safe and legitimate.’
Employment lawyer Blair Scotland, principal with Dundas Street, said that it is not unlawful to refuse to hire someone on the basis of their physical appearance. “There’s 13 prohibited grounds under the Human Rights Act, and appearance isn’t one of them – so on that basis it’s not a prohibited grounds of unlawful discrimination,” he said.
Looking around the Australian Broker office, we’re fairly convinced our own HR department hasn’t discovered the site yet. Let’s hope it stays that way.